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New Acela trains could be late

WTOP in Washington reports an audit has found a good chance that the 28 new trains Amtrak was planning to begin rolling out next year could arrive late due to both manufacturing and management issues; delays could mean significant losses because the new trains can carry more passengers.

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In America's proud tradition of excellent, well managed, and widely supported public transportation this is perhaps the first time a new equipment deadline has slipped.

I feel sorry for the top brass at Amtrak for this is a day of reckoning. Surely the CEO of Amtrak and the train manufacturer will both resign in embarrassment before their boards have a chance to force them out.

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Despite being tasked with serving the public -- which means that it serves low-use routes necessary to provide connectivity and it serves customers who aren't able to drive, fly, or sometimes even go by bus (think: mechanical wheelchairs that don't fit in a coach bus).

The Northeast corridor (Acela) is killing it. It needs more capacity to serve even more people. And, let's get real, we need an Acela South to go DC - Richmond - Raleigh - Greensboro - Charlotte - Greenville - Atlanta.

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I recently rode the route you’re describing (Amtrak Crescent, all the way to New Orleans), and parts of it are much, much slower than the Northeast Corridor. Many areas shared w/freight trains.

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America _does_ have a proud tradition of excellent, well managed, and widely supported public transportation. It's just that this tradition stopped in 1950 or so.

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What's good for General Motors is good for America!

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You're saying we did have a tradition. We don't have it anymore.

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This wouldn't have happened if Hunter Biden had stayed aboard the Amtrak Board.

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Tucker Carlson's outfit - highly reputable propaganda!

As someone so intently against nepotism, you must hate all the Trump crime family members in the White House.

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If the existing Acelas weren't custom one-off oddities, they could add seats by just coupling a few more standard cars to the existing tiny trains. No $3 billion replacement of a fleet that's only 20 years old would be needed.

Instead we're doubling down on the overpriced unproven custom nonsense.

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